Dinner With Lincoln Inspires Guests with Historical Insight

O’Connor Institute raises $500K at third annual fundraising dinner

The Sandra Day O’Connor Institute presented Dinner with Lincoln on Nov. 10 at the Arizona Biltmore. The evening featured Pulitzer Prize winner Doris Kearns Goodwin at the sold-out event. Following dinner, which featured a Lincoln-inspired menu, the renowned Presidential historian and author of the Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln inspired the audience with her insight into President Abraham Lincoln. Senator Jon Kyl then interviewed Goodwin in a fireside-style chat in front of a towering image of the Lincoln statue at the Lincoln Memorial.

Around 650 guests attended the event, which raised $500,000 for the O’Connor Institute’s educational programs.

Sue Glawe and Gay Wray co-chaired the evening, which is the third annual event using this format, the first being Dinner with Roosevelt and the second Dinner with Jefferson.

Founded in 2009 by retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the O’Connor Institute continues her legacy and lifetime work to advance civics education, civic engagement and civil discourse for all generations.


Phil Francis; Karl and Stevie Eller

Pat Petznick and Gena Bonsall

Pamela Overton Risoleo and Molly Stockley

Dr. Craig Barrett and Ambassador Barbara Barrett; Shel Lubar, Doris Kearns, Bud and Sue Selig, and Marianne Lubar

Peter Hayes, O’Connor Institute board chair; Doris Kearns Goodwin, Gay Wray and Sarah Suggs, O’Connor Institute president and CEO

Vince and Jane Roig with Doris Kearns Goodwin

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